A long holiday weekend means lots of time for rest, relaxation and some productivity right?
Not for me.
Friday I attended a Rachel’s birthday happy hour over at Laughing Man Tavern. I don’t know why they call it happy hour, one rarely spends just an hour getting happy. A couple of hours later I escaped downtown only to find myself at Hard Times Cafe. I then found myself at Jay’s Saloon. I ended up on a couch telling long tales to Maricha. Thank goodness my roommates don’t judge me… too much.
Saturday was supposed to be quieter: a night catching up and watching films with Adam. However options started to sprout from the ground as if the long weekend was a magic bean for social gatherings. My roommate invited me to the Timbaland concert and drinks on U-Street; Carolyn invited me to a house party at her house; Adam wanted to ditch the movie idea and meet up with some girls in Adams Morgan; Maxie was planning on going out to U-Street as well.
What do you do when faced with so many options? I already have enough trouble staying in on any given night, how does one manage so many invites? My first priority was with Adam, with whom I made plans with before all others. However texts started pouring in, each party attempting to guilt me into choosing their side. So I ventured out with an elaborate plan to try and make everyone happy.
I left my house around 11 to visit Carolyn’s party. Unfortunately she doesn’t live close to the Metro which means it would be a dry cameo. I visited for about an hour as Adam streamed texts on my phone describing the great time I was missing. Around midnight I dropped off my car and hailed a Taxi to take me to Brass Monkey to meet up with Adam. 15 minutes after sitting down with a drink the girls with him, “got tired” and wanted to leave. One of the girls clearly wanted to leave with Adam by her side. I graciously said farewell as and wished Adam nothing but the best. I decided to walk over to U-Street to say hi to Maxie and end the night at Ben’s with Maricha. I didn’t make it all the way to Ben’s but somehow ended up walking up Rhode Island Ave at 4 AM.
My ambitious social itinerary wasn’t fully completed but I got awfully close. I should really know better after the time I spent all my money on four cabs.
I don’t write this to as a vain show of popularity, I am truly thankful to have all my friends here in Washington, DC- which why I want to spend time with all of them. Plus we all have those moments where we have to balance our social schedules, and we all have those weekends where there’s simply too much going on. How does one handle a situation like that? Do you pre-plan and share your time? Or do you simply prioritize and apologize to the others? I know that as a busy young professional in the city that I’m not the only one who finds themselves with many choices: how do you handle it?